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Online Learning Center: A Way Of Collaboration Among International Programs

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Collaborative & New Efforts in Engineering Education

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9.963.1 - 9.963.5



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Hazem Said

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Session _2660__

Online Learning Center: A Way of Collaboration among International Programs

Hazem Said

Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computing Technology, University of Cincinnati


Collaboration among colleges and universities can greatly be enhanced with the use of web-based applications. One area of collaboration is students’ success. Learning centers has proven to be a valuable asset to assist students. However, not all colleges and universities around the world have the resources to support a learning center. Online learning centers could provide an innovative mean for colleges and universities to share the knowledge and talent of their faculty members and to serve and assist their students’ population.

Online learning centers have been used by some universities to supplement its distance learning programs.1,2,3 Companies have also been using online learning centers to provide services to their employees or their clients.4,5 These learning centers, however, has a focus of providing web-based courses, online books, and public forums.

The Online Programming Learning Center

The author established an Online Learning Center that currently serves the field of Computer Programming (The Online Programming Learning Center).6 The Online Programming Learning Center is a web-based application that was developed through one of the projects of the Center for Information Technology and Community Development (CITCD) at the College of Applied Science.7 It was first created to supplement the operation of the walk-in learning center after realizing that more students are utilizing the wireless network of the university and are doing their projects and homework away from the department labs. The idea behind this application was to provide a tool for students to find assistance and help even if they are doing their work outside department labs.

The walk-in learning center (Programming Learning Center or PLC)8 is staffed by junior and senior students and is available to assist students in their programming projects and/or homework. However, students have to physically come to the center to receive assistance. With the existence of wired and wireless network on the university campus, more and more students are acquiring laptops and personal computers. This enables students to work on their projects and homework any where on the university campus and even in their homes. It will be cumbersome for those students to physically come to the walk-in center to ask question or find help. The Online learning center application

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Said, H. (2004, June), Online Learning Center: A Way Of Collaboration Among International Programs Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--14008

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